U.K. orders fresh probe into Litvinenko death

Jul 23, 2014

U.K. orders fresh probe into Litvinenko death

Britain on Tuesday announced an inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian former spy who accused the Kremlin from his London deathbed of poisoning him with radioactive tea. The move comes as London pushes for greater sanctions against Moscow over the downing ...

Berlusconi seeks resurrection of political power

Jul 22, 2014

Berlusconi seeks resurrection of political power

Silvio Berlusconi’s acquittal in a high-profile sex-for-hire case has boosted the former Italian prime minister’s determination to revive his political career, despite his growing isolation in the corridors of power. The 77-year-old’s conviction to seven years in jail for paying for sex with an ...

Jul 22, 2014

Johns Hopkins to pay $190 million after doc taped pelvic exams

A “rogue” gynecologist’s secret use of tiny cameras to record hundreds of videos and photos of his patients’ sex organs has led to a $190 million settlement with some 8,000 women and girls, lawyers said on Monday. Dr. Nikita Levy was fired after 25 ...

Jul 21, 2014

Taiwan student facing firing squad over subway massacre

Taiwanese prosecutors on Monday said they were seeking the death penalty for a man accused of killing four people and wounding nearly two dozen others in a stabbing spree on the Taipei subway. Cheng Chieh, a 21-year-old college student, was charged with four accounts ...

Jul 19, 2014

U.S. moves to reduce sentences of 46,000 drug offenders

Tens of thousands of U.S. federal prisoners convicted of small-time drug offenses will be able to seek sentence reductions under a new reform adopted Friday. “This is a milestone in the effort to make more efficient use of our law enforcement resources and to ...

Jul 19, 2014

Teen faces jail, lifetime stigma in U.S. selfie porn case

A teenager in Virginia faces four months in jail and a lifetime on a sex offender’s list for texting videos of his erect penis to his girlfriend, his lawyer said Friday. The 17-year-old from the Washington suburb of Manassas is accused by police of ...

Jul 18, 2014

Criminal charge recommended against Yingluck

An anti-corruption body on Thursday recommended criminal charges against Thailand’s ousted prime minister over her government’s rice subsidy program, which cost the country billions of dollars. National Anti-Corruption Commissioner Vicha Mahakun said the commission voted unanimously that former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra committed dereliction ...

Jul 18, 2014

FBI didn't reveal 'tainted' death row evidence: report

Flawed forensic work uncovered 17 years ago was used in the “tainted” convictions of some 60 U.S. death row inmates, at least three of whom have since been executed, an FBI internal report said. The problems were detected by the FBI’s inspector general’s office, ...

U.S. judge rules California death penalty unconstitutional

Jul 17, 2014

U.S. judge rules California death penalty unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled California’s little-used death penalty unconstitutional, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system. The decision Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney represents a legal victory for those who want to ...